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A Scattered Dream
by Lew Duffey
Saturday, February 24, 2007
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When I was a child there was a beautiful park in the city and where there was a wonderful pond. The pond is still there and so is the park but there was a parking lot right next to it and now a series of row houses are standing where the parking lot used to be. Not far from my home there is another development where at one time there was a beautiful wooded area. I have watched the changes that have occurred during my life. Some are good. Others are not so good. But, hey… Life changes, right?

     Last night I had a scattered dream that started with a walk.

I was alone and in the woods and there was nobody there with whom I could talk.


Suddenly I was in the city and waiting to board a bus.

A woman behind me was disturbed and making a horrible fuss.


I turned to try to calm her down but it was man standing there silently.

I turned back toward the bus and saw people fighting violently.


I did not wish to join the fight so I turned to walk away.

This was when my dream changed again for I was in another day.


Now I was on my uncle’s farm swimming in his pond.

I know this was more tranquil, brought to me by memories so fond.


When I left the water I was completely clothes and I was not wet.

I found myself where my dream started but much to my regret


The trees had been cut down and now houses stood and I was walking in the street.

I was climbing aboard that bus where I quietly took a seat.


My mind wanted to bring back the woods with its trees and beautiful flowers.

Alas, I was on the bus now and would be there for several hours.


Where the bus would take me I would never know.

I awakened from my sleep before I reached where ever I would go.


I can only wonder where this dream was leading and why it was so scattered.

It could be a reflection for many times our life’s dreams are dropped and shattered.


I believe the woods gave way to the architect’s pen and the builders who cut down the trees.

I was on a bus heading for I know not where and wishing to feel the breeze.


The sadness is that every day life becomes more complicated and we long for simpler times of yesteryear.

I long for times when things were easier and full of memories that I hold dear.


As I ride around the town where I grew up I notice how it has changed.

Wooded areas are now no more and the streets are rearranged.


Maybe this is what my dream was saying.  Maybe this is why it was scattered so.

My mind is rearranging itself… where it will lead, I do not know.

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Reviewed by J M 2/26/2007
I enjoyed this poem Lew. All changes are not bad you are right many are needed. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 2/24/2007
I really enjoyed this write, Lew. Sometimes dreams just don't seem to make sense as they weave about. Sometimes they end abruptly, but later on there is a continuation and conclusion. You might well have come to the right conclusion about your mind rearranging itself. All the same, a great write.

God Bless
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 2/24/2007
I often long for the days of old, when here in Kentucky we could roam the mountains freely as a child, didn't have to worry about getting shot, or strangers lurking, I know that we are still blessed, not as much crime as urban areas, but much of our wooded areas have been robbed for subdivisions, and have been stripped for coal, and logged for timber never to be replenished...such a sad thing. I often think that is the reason that many of my poems are written about memories of the past...a more simple time, a time long gone!
Blessings, enjoyed the write so much,
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Sharon Jordan 2/24/2007
When I was growing up, there were orange groves all around the city...just down the to the school... The groves have been razed, and houses erected. I feel, at times, as though I am on the bus in your dream. Your imagery was vivid, and your journey interesting.

Reviewed by Linda Hill 2/24/2007
Enjoyed traveling in your dreams with you. Yes, times are changing fast, Lew. It's hard to keep up with it. Enjoyed your poetry!

Reviewed by Sue Hess 2/24/2007
great write. the picture reminds me of powder valley near my home in st looks like a woodland that goes on and on but actually there are two freeways intersecting right beyond the trees, always reminding you they are so close...
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